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Soccer Insider: May 27, 2007 - June 2, 2007

Matchday 8: DCU at L.A. (Plus USA-China)

[UPDATED!] Greetings from Carson, another gorgeous day in Southern California, breezy with temps around 70. Nothing like a pregame stroll along the Strand in Hermosa Beach. With the USA playing China early this evening and United facing the Galaxy later, let's use this space for both matches. You can contribute...

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2007; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Going to California With an Aching in My Heart

Absorb the lyrics, read the links... "California, a prophet on the burning shore California, I'll be knocking on the golden door Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine" Mike Wise's column..... "I'd like to rest my heavy head tonight...

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2007; 2:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

I know this is a soccer blog and all, but did you happen to stay up late last night and watch LeBron's one-man show in the NBA playoffs??? Wow, wow, wow. Okay, back on topic. I've got an eclectic program for you this morning before I jet off to L.A....

By Steve Goff  |  June 1, 2007; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Misc.  
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No Carroll?

Brian Carroll did not practice again today with United and didn't travel with the first team to Los Angeles. He has a leg injury of some sort, but still awaiting details. I suppose it is possible he could fly to L.A. with the rest of the team Saturday and play...

By Steve Goff  |  May 31, 2007; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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What's Happening?

Pretty quiet day...so far I've been busy counting the number of Galaxy players who will be unavailable to face D.C. United on Saturday night at Home Depot Center because of international duty, suspension and injuries. Yikes. I'm up to eight. United is training this morning, then off to Los Angeles...

By Steve Goff  |  May 31, 2007; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sweet Strike

This is a few weeks old and I've been meaning to post it -- James McFadden's last-minute stunner for Everton against Charlton. Much different from Messi's mazy run from midfield for Barcelona a while back, but in its own way, perhaps equally impressive? I'll stick with Messi's goal as the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 30, 2007; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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United Observations

Let's speculate for a moment, shall we? During United's intrasquad scrimmage this morning, Kpene and Moreno played together on the front line, while Emilio worked with the other squad. The first-line defenders were Boswell and Erpen in the middle with Simms on the right and Namoff on the left. Interesting,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 30, 2007; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Keller Deal Done?

I am hearing that winless Real Salt Lake and Kasey Keller are in the final stages of negotiations and that the veteran goalkeeper is close to agreeing to a deal. John Ellinger, who was dismissed as coach but remains in the front office, has been in direct contact with Keller...

By Steve Goff  |  May 30, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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It's Wednesday (Sheffield's Favorite Day)

-- First-round pairings for the U.S. Open Cup are set, with a few local entries in action June 12. Crystal Palace USA (USL2) will travel to the Jersey shore to face the Ocean City Barons (PDL), the Richmond Kickers (USL2) will host the Michigan Bucks (PDL) and the Aegean Hawks...

By Steve Goff  |  May 30, 2007; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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White House Guests

For only the second time in MLS history, the reigning champions were invited to the White House for a chat with the president, a photo op and, in the tradition of teams of all sorts, the chance to present a jersey to the commander in chief. That moment arrived Tuesday...

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2007; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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USA Roster for China Match

Here it is.....Match is Saturday night in San Jose..... GOALKEEPERS (3) - Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach) DEFENDERS (6) - Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector...

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2007; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Moreno's Reaction to FIFA

Like all Bolivians, United captain Jaime Moreno is not happy about FIFA's decision to ban high-altitude venues for international matches. Bolivia has played qualifiers in La Paz over the years with mixed results. "It's terrible because in '97 Brazil beat us in the final in Copa America [in La Paz],...

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2007; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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High There

As you might have read over the weekend, FIFA has decided to ban high-altitude venues of 8,200 feet or more after years of complaints from low-landers. That means no international matches in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, in the Mexican city of Toluca, Bogota and Quito, among others. I...

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2007; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USSF Taking Youth Initiative

According to documents obtained by the Insider and The Washington Post, the U.S. Soccer Federation's board of directors met last week in Chicago and approved the establishment of a boys' academy program and national youth league to improve American soccer at the teenage level. The federation plans to identify 60...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2007; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Another Local USL Club?

Silvino Gonzalo tells me that he has resigned as coach of the PDL Northern Virginia Royals after 10 seasons and next year will coach a tentatively approved USL second division club called Real Maryland FC, which will play home matches at Maryland SoccerPlex, University of Maryland or perhaps a high...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2007; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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